the Green Connection

While we were in Sabah (early this month during my birthday), there was this one morning we wanted to go to Tamu Gaya but since AE fell asleep the night before I didn’t have a heart to wake him up. As sun rise much earlier at the land below the wind, I didn’t feel like going if it’s already late. Thus I surfed the internet looking for other alternative places to visit and enjoy with the family and stumbled upon this place. The tripadvisor gives mix reviews about the place, but since it only about 10 mins from our the city, I feel like we should give it a shot.

When AE woke up,  in attempt to persuaded him to quickly take bath, I said…“Ashman, jom siap pastu kita pergi tengok shark”

and he said… “hmm…whale ada tak?” 🙂

The place was not great, it was super-excellence!

Upon arrival, we went straight to the feeding session.

upon arrived at the feeding place, AE terpaku seketika:)

It was kind of informal where they talked about the importance for us to preserve nature, sea and to say no to shark fin. It is indeed a good message to children. You should call them to double confirm on feeding session time.

feeding time

AE taknak tengok camera nak tengok diver hehe

After the session ended, we spent a long time just going around the place. You can touch the small sharks, horseshoe crab, and starfish. The good thing is each station has Green Connection staff to educate you and answer your Qs.

starfish, but AE declined to touch

you can also join coral planting activity

There were also outdoor games for kids; simple games but kids really love it (I think AE spent 1 hour there alone!) like bubble and balls flowing in water.

sangat semangat tiup bubble okey!

AE love this one, I was watching from far...hehe...

Upstairs, they have some sort of mini ‘national science center’ set up. With educational games such as on animal habitats and food chain.

mix and match on habitat

animal puzzles

learning about food chain

Most games are made of recycled items which I think very interesting. We spent another hour here:). It can actually go beyond that but our feet were already tired. We were ready to leave, taking picture in front of the giant octopus outside and only realised there were actually another part we have yet to explore, its kind of the backyard of the building.

very friendly staff

There were other kind of fishes there, like arapaima (or is it arowama?), river-water fish, and they exhibit life under jetty, oil rig (hubby loves this part so much), etc.

kengkonon oil rig:)

There were also snake – which the staff persuaded me to touch “cuba lah pegang jangan takut”… But of course I didn’t. hehe…

abang yg soh aku pegang snake::P

dah nak balik baru perasan ada maze nie..tak larat dah kaki den oii...

After 3 hours, we finally left the place in satisfaction. It is actually a very good place for family. Very educational and at the same time give exposure to those who love the lives underneath the sea. If you at KK and suddenly need a place to bring your kid, this is absolutely no. 1 in the list. We should have one in KL so we can bring AE every weekend! hihi… It’s a combination of Aquaria + national science centre but better! The staffs (mixed of locals and expats) are friendly and helpful. Check out their website at Green Connection

Bon voyage for now:)

captain Ashman:)


A walk to remember

Last week was our 6th wedding anniversary. In view of trying to write something about it, I browse our pictures collection to upload here. Of course I will try to find picture of myself looking the best right..hahaha..that’s normal.

But then I stumbled upon this photo. It was candidly snapped by my nephew when we went backpacking in Semporna 3 years ago. Picture can really speak a thousand words. This very simple photo proves it. How we were in need of each other and loving each other company although in tired and sweat=).

a walk to remember

When we first got married, I was so into us wearing matching clothes. I see a lot of couples do that. You know – like when it’s raya and both couple wearing matching colors. Some people even wearing matching shirts whenever they go out. People will then drool on how romantic they were.

But then my mind changed when I accidentally came across this one couple. They do wear matching colors during raya and even hanged the picture on the wall, but then I realized that’s the only time I see them together. Other than that, they are both apart – Physically and emotionally. Okay, I don’t want to be like that.

Oh don’t get me wrong. I still like ‘baju raya’ 🙂. (hubby, please still buy me baju raya this year;). What I meant is although such family portrait is nice (some more u can parade it in FB), the togetherness is much more important. The need to be in each other’s arms, the feeling that you feel safe with him. That is priceless.

After 6 years marriage and don’t know how many years courting, of course we don’t have that adrenaline rush like teenagers anymore, where we want to hold each other hands and hear each other voice all the time. We enter new phases every year which I believe all married couples experienced. But despite all kind of different mazes we explored, we still understand each other. At the end of the day, we always feel we belonged together. I believe that is part of unconditional love.

oh yeah... this is where mummy & daddy first met:)

Happy anniversary hubby. Our journey is definitely a walk to remember.

May Allah bless our relationship, ameen.